Last night, the Monroe Junior High and High Schools had a combined band concert. The 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school concert bands all played 3 to 4 songs each. It is amazing how going from elementary band where they meet just a couple of times a week to now meeting every day as a class. In fifth and sixth grade, the students are still getting a feel for their instruments, how to play them and read music. In seventh grade, they start really playing songs that make sense and we know.
The seventh grade played Linus and Lucy from the comic strip and tv specials Peanuts. I recognized it! The eighth grade play harder and songs that were a bit longer. The high school band, well they are really good. They only played three songs, but they were harder and much longer. It has only been 2 months since they kids started school, but I think their practicing everyday is paying off.
That is the same with our Christianity. If you only practice it on Sundays and Wednesdays, then how are you going to get any better at it? You have to keep at it everyday, all the time. Be Christ-like in all you say and do. It is not easy and I am no expert at it. But keeping in The Word, praying, being accountable and having fellowship with your Christian brothers and sisters is a big help. For God chose each of you and you chose him.
1 Peter 2:9 - 10 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.